Scheduled to perform and/or present were Theatre World Award alumni Courtney B. Vance, Anika Noni Rose, Ben Vereen, Christine Lahti, Tony Sheldon, Lea Salonga, Isabel Keating, Phillip Boykin, Jackie Hoffman, Wesley Taylor, Patricia Elliott, Meg Bussert, Daniel Gerroll, Jennifer Lim and Crystal A. Dickinson with special guest Nathan Lane. Mother and daughter Rosemary Harris and Jennifer Ehle, both Theatre World Award alumni, were 2013 Honorary Co-Chairs.
Hosted by Peter Filichia, the awards ceremony was directed by Theatre World Award recipient John Tartaglia, with Board Members Mary K. Botosan and Erin Oestreich returning as producers of the annual event.
Theatre World's 2013 honorees for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance, the Fifth Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater for an Outstanding Performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway Production, and the newly established John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre were announced May 7.
Winners follow: 2013 Theatre World Award Winners
Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway debut performance during the 2012-13 theatrical season
Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical
Carrie Coon, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Brandon J. Dirden, The Piano Lesson
Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy
Valisia LeKae, Motown: The Musical
Rob McClure, Chaplin
Ruthie Ann Miles, Here Lies Love
Conrad Ricamora, Here Lies Love
Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody
Yvonne Strahovski, Golden Boy
Tom Sturridge, Orphans
2013 John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Winner
The Theatre World Award winners were chosen by the Theatre World Awards Committee that includes David Cote (Time Out New York and “NY1”), Joe Dziemianowicz (New York Daily News), Peter Filichia (The Newark Star-Ledger, Emeritus) Harry Haun (Playbill), Matthew Murray (Talkin’ Broadway), Frank Scheck (New York Post) and Linda Winer (Newsday).
The Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater "honors an Outstanding Performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production." The award is chosen by the Trustees of The Dorothy Loudon Foundation, Lionel Larner, executive director, together with recommendations from the Theatre World Awards Committee.
The newly established John Willis Award, funded by Corey Brunish and Brisa Trinchero), was given for "lifetime achievement in the theatre to honor the man who created and maintained the Theatre World tradition for 66 years, encouraging new talent in an often challenging business." The John Willis Award will be presented annually by the Theatre World Award Board of Directors to the "man or woman whose lifetime achievements and personal generosity to the Theatre Community merit special recognition and acknowledgement."
The Theatre World Award Board of Directors is headed by Tom Lynch (president) with Dale Badway (vice-president), Alden Fulcomer (secretary), Tabitha Falcone (treasurer), Mary K. Botosan, Kimothy Cruse, Michael Kostel, Erin Oestreich, Lisa Rothe and Stephen Wilde.
For more information visit theatreworldawards.org.